George W Bush leaving

“We need to look forward as opposed to looking backwards” says Obama. So, is the Bush admistration scot-free?

George W Bush leaving

Pictured above, President Barack Obama waving good bye to George W Bush who oversaw war crimes and corruption on a massive scale. Money and blood.

John Naughton writes about Obama’s possible first mistake, ‘Coming soon: Obama’s first mistake?‘. Is the new President thinking of letting the Bush administration away with just a bit of a telling off ? And does he have the right to do such?

Naughton points to Paul Krugmanin the NY Times, ‘Forgive and Forget?‘, and Mark Anderson at SNS, ‘The Bush Team: Time for Jail?‘.

So, what has Obama said so-far? Krugmanin writes:

Last Sunday President-elect Barack Obama was asked whether he would seek an investigation of possible crimes by the Bush administration. “I don’t believe that anybody is above the law,” he responded, but “we need to look forward as opposed to looking backwards.”

The point is made that the oath Obama made yeasterday is not a conditional one. But further to that, as Krugmain and Anderson point at — is the decision to let the Bush admin away with crimes within Obama’s right to make?